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Murad asks philanthropists “Help Us Help Your People”

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KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah in his emergent televised message aired live by all the news channels urged philanthropists to come and help rain-affected people of the province which is enduring a catastrophe like never before.

“ I have visited almost all the districts of the province and found it’s every nook and corner is inundated, make it look like a river,” he said and added that the people who have been temporarily settled at relief camps were in a state of shock and distress after losing their near and dear ones, cattle and other belongings.

The CM said that he along with Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had also visited relief camps where women and children were living with tears in their eyes. “This painful situation has poured out of our hearts,” he said and added that President Asif Ali Zardari was also in touch with them to take note of the situation.

He said Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif is keen to visit flood affected people but the weather condition is an obstacle in his arrival. “We all are trying to arrange tents, mosquito nets, beds, edibles, medicines and such other things for the affected people,” he said and hoped everything would be made available within few days.

Mr Shah said that the riverine floods of 2010 had submerged all the cities, towns and villages on the right bank of River Indus while the flash flood of 2011 had flooded the entire left bank and in those days our road network was not so good and despite this, philanthropists had helped the homeless and displaced people back then.

The CM said: “compared to 2010 and 2011 our road network, including link roads and farm to market roads provides easy access, therefore the philanthropists, welfare organisations and donor agencies should visit to take stock of the situation and help and support the distressed people accordingly.

Murad Ali Shah told the people living in the camps, along the main roads and on the riverine belt that they were not alone. “Your government is reaching out to each and every one of you,” he assured them.

The CM urged people of the province to look after the poor, rain-affected and helpless people living around them till the government reach out to them. “You have to bridge the gap between them and the government,” he urged the affluents and remarked that every one is living for themselves and their family but, now time has come they have to live for those who are in dire need.

Mr Shah said that this year the province has received around 600 percent more rainfall than the usual rains. “These rains have not only flooded the residential areas but have caused high flood in  River Indus,” he said.

The chief minister urged people to support each other at this time of test. “You have to face the situation with patience, courage and empathy,” he urged and warned the hoarders not to indulge in hoarding, profiteering and artificial price hike.

Mr Shah hoped that nobody should dare to create a law and order situation in the province and understand the gravity of the situation.

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Sindh Solid Waste Management Board starts paying for garbage disposal in Pak Rupees

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KARACHI: With an aim to lower the financial burden on the provincial exchequer, the Sindh Solid Waste Management Board (SSWMB) started to pay private companies contracted for garbage disposal in the city in local currency instead of US dollars.

In this regard, Managing Director SSWMB Syed Imtiaz Ali Shah held a meeting with representatives of the private firms responsible for disposal of garbage in the city and apprised them of the decisions made by the steering committee of the Board.

The meeting deliberated upon the new plan of garbage disposal in the city before the expiry of the contracts made with private firms for solid waste management on district West, Malir, Keamari and East.

It was informed in the meeting that the negotiation with the contracting firms for payment in local currency had already been started.

The representatives of the private firms working in district Malir, West and Keamari informed the meeting that the verification of the staff and vehicles had been completed through a third party, while the verification was still going on in district East.

The managing-director directed the officials concerned to take steps to further improve efficiency in the new operational plan.

He asked the officials to make union committee-wise operational plan, containing complete details of daily waste volume, transport, machinery, staff and all resources to further improve the door-to-door waste collection services.

He also directed the private companies to pay the salaries of their respective staff on time. Mr Shah said that the operational plan should also include training of the staff, the strategy of separate collection of waste and date of people who picked garbage illegally.

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SBCA launches crackdown against illegal structures in Karachi

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KARACHI: The Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) has initiated massive crackdown against illegal constructions in different parts of the city, resulting in demolition of numerous buildings, marriage halls etc.

In a recent operation against illegal constructions in Karachi’s district Central, SBCA officials also came under firing, however, SBCA officials proceeded with the operation and demolished the fourth floor of the targeted building.

Director General of SBCA Abdul Rasheed Solangi has instructed the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Central to apprehend the culprits immediately and file a case against those involved in the firing.

Abdul Rasheed Solangi emphasized the need for fearless enforcement actions against illegal constructions and commended the SBCA staff for their dedication and honesty. He assured them of full support in facing any challenges during their duties.

Abdul Rasheed Solangi along with the demolition squad has bulldozed more than four buildings in areas including Essa Nagri, Paposh Nagar, and Gulberg. Moreover, over 13 illegal portions have been demolished in areas including Saddar Town, Jamshed Town, Gulberg, and Gulshan-e-Iqbal.

Director General of SBCA Abdul Rasheed Solangi is personally supervising the crackdown against illegal constructions. The provincial government is committed to cleansing Karachi from all forms of illegal constructions, the DG adds.

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Sindh CS, British Deputy High Commissioner vow to strengthen bilateral relations, work for environmental challenges

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KARACHI: British Deputy High Commissioner Sarah Mooney met with Chief Secretary Sindh Syed Asif Hyder Shah at the Sindh Secretariat on Wednesday to discuss enhancing bilateral relations between Pakistan and the United Kingdom.

During the meeting, Chief Secretary Sindh Syed Asif Hyder Shah briefed the British Deputy High Commissioner on the ongoing efforts in infrastructure development, water supply, sewage, and governance in Sindh. He stated that the Sindh government is actively working on improving water supply, sewage, and road infrastructure to accommodate Karachi’s growing population.

“Pakistan, although only contributing less than 1 percent to global greenhouse gas emissions, is one of the most vulnerable countries to the impacts of climate change.” Said CS Sindh

He highlighted that Pakistan incurred a loss of $32 billion from the 2022 floods and is vulnerable to future environmental risks, underscoring the urgent need for proactive measures to mitigate such disasters.

Furthermore, he expressed concerns about the adverse effects of environmental changes on the River Indus. Chief Secretary Sindh Syed Asif Hyder Shah informed that the federal-level Living Indus project has been initiated, after consultation with environmental experts, stakeholders, and provincial governments. He expressed a desire for technical assistance from the British government to address environmental changes.

Syed Asif Hyder Shah also mentioned investment opportunities in energy, investment, and agriculture sectors in Sindh for British investors. British Deputy High Commissioner Sarah Mooney expressed interest in collaborating on the Living Indus project and other projects related to environment. Chief Secretary Sindh presented traditional souvenir to the British Deputy High Commissioner.

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